Easter is just around the corner! There are so many great children’s books available to help kids to get into the spirit of the holiday. From funny to serious, there is something for everyone. I previously posted a list of great Easter board books for the littlest bookworms, so I wanted to add to that with this list of great Easter books to share as a family.

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Easter Eggs

The Easter Egg was written and illustrated by Jan Brett. This story follows a little bunny named Hoppi as he tries to decorate the best egg and win a chance to help the Easter Rabbit to hide the eggs on Easter morning. When he stumbles onto a robin’s egg that has fallen out of a tree, he decides to focus instead on keeping the little blue egg safe and warm. Jan Brett’s story teaches kids that kindness and compassion are important traits to have. Her illustrations are beautiful and detailed, and will keep kids of all ages entertained.


The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever was written by Dawn Casey and illustrated by Katy Hudson. This bright and colorful book follows a little rabbit as he goes in search of a special egg for Easter. Along the way, he helps his friends and encounters many of the beautiful sights of Spring time. The story is complemented by beautiful and vivid illustrations, showcasing the bright colors of the season.


The Easter Bunny

The Night Before Easter was written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Kathy Couri. This book is part of Natasha Wing’s collection of holiday books retelling the Clement C. Moore poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. I have previously included her books on other holiday book lists. I love the way she changes the poem to celebrate each holiday, using familiar traditions and symbols. In this story, the main character waits for the Easter Bunny to arrive and watches nearby while he fills their baskets and hides eggs around the house. This is a fun book for kids who are as excited for the Easter Bunny as they are for Santa Claus!


The Story of the Easter Bunny was written by Katherine Tegen and illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert. This book tells the story of a little old couple who color eggs, weave baskets and make chocolate eggs to give to all of the children in their village on Easter. Their little white rabbit watches them while they work. When they become too old to prepare the baskets, their rabbit takes over. The story is accompanied by beautifully delicate illustrations. Both kids and adults will enjoy this sweet tale of how the Easter Bunny came to be!


The Easter Cat?

Here Comes the Easter Cat  was written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda. This book is an entertaining conversation between the narrator and a cat named Cat who thinks that he could do a better job than the Easter Bunny at delivering goodies. Cat can be a  bit lazy and sarcastic, which kids and adults will find very entertaining. He learns that the Easter Bunny has a tough job to do, and decides to help him out instead of trying to beat him. The conversation is shown through playful illustrations, and since the Cat doesn’t speak, his side is told completely through facial expressions and signs that he holds up. Kids and adults will both enjoy this book which is reminiscent of Mo Willems’ Pigeon books.


The Easter Story

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story was written by Jan and Mike Berenstain. The Berenstain Bears have been familiar characters for decades. In this Easter book, the Bear cubs are getting ready for Easter, and they have goodies on the brain. When they go to Sunday School, their teacher reminds them that there is more to Easter than candy and treats. They watch the class next door perform a play about the Easter story and learn about Jesus and the Resurrection. This is a great book to introduce young readers to the Easter story, told through familiar characters and bright illustrations.


There are great Easter books out there for everyone! Whether you are looking for something to introduce your kids to the reason we celebrate, or you want to share a laugh as a family (that Cat is a funny guy!), there is a great book for you to share! Do you have any favorite Easter books in your family?

46 comments on “Easter Books to Share as a Family”

  1. I am so glad to see a review of the Easter Cat! It fits my blog (Right Meow or Never) so nicely! I saw it at the store the other day but didn’t have time to flip through it. I really think my daughter would love it. Also – LOVE LOVE LOVE Berenstein Bears! Such good books!

    • I love them too! Also, the Cat series has books for a bunch of holidays, and they are definitely going to be added to our collection!

    • I’m glad! Yes they are still around! The Berenstain Bears are written by Stan and Jan Berenstain’s son Mike now, as Stan and Jan have since passed away. His books tend to be more religious in nature, but the lovable bears are still the same!

  2. I love Jan Bret and The Bernstein Bears! One of my all time favorite Easter books is The Tale of 3 Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt. While not exclusively about Easter, my mom always read it to us at Easter. So it is now a tradition that I happily share with my kids.

    • That is so wonderful that you have a tradition like that! I haven’t heard of that book. I will have to go check it out!

  3. These are great! My kids have never been much into Easter (we aren’t religious so we don’t focus on it much) but this year is completely different! We’ve been doing egg-related everything!

  4. Ah a classic! The berenstein bears! (probably misspelled that lol) I love getting holiday themed books. I always try to get one that teaches the holiday history and one for fun! These are great choices.

  5. I need the Easter Cat for my daughter! She is 1 and loves cats! Funny side story, my mom used to tell me when I was a kid that my cat helped the Easter bunny!

  6. I love these choices because there is fun, humor, and learning. I love Jan Brett for the illustrations and my daughter could listen to the Berenstain Bears Easter Story in repeat all day! Great picks!

    • Thank you! I love having a mix of funny and serious books for the holidays. Some for learning and some just for fun!

  7. These are fantastic books! The Bernstein bears are awesome..i still remember those! This is a good list! I should get a few of these for my babies. Thanks for sharing!

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